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Church trees get chop by Pendle Council in the interests of safety
1:39pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
TREES are being removed from the churchyard at St Bartholomew’s, Colne, to make it safer.
The work being carried out by Pendle Council in conjunction with Blackburn Diocese, which involves felling four trees and pruning 12 others, is due to be completed by the end of March.
Neil Watson, planning and building control manager, said: “The council maintains St Bartholomew’s churchyard on Albert Road on behalf of the diocese.
“Like them and the church wardens, we’re keen to see the area made safer for parishioners going to and from the church, and also visitors to the Titanic in Lancashire Museum next door.
“The work includes the removal of a mature ash tree near to the south east corner of the church. This is in a dangerous condition and there are concerns that the roots will affect the church.
“The trees have an important amenity value but some are in poor health and need to be removed to protect public safety.”